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New breed of bird

By Nettles  
I took this 5 minutes ago, looking out of the lounge window my husband shouted "I don't believe this". A new type of bird had landed on the feeding tray and we couldn't find it in the bird book anywhere!
This huge rat had climbed all the way up the pole to the bird tray and was eating merrily away.
They say you are never more than a few feet away from a rat, and this proves it is true, and that they are extremely agile.
It was going to be seaside uploads for a few days, but think this is more topical.
Thanks for stopping by and if you have any advice on how to get rid of these I would really appreciate it.

Tags: Garden Vermin Rats Pets and captive animals Pests Wildlife and nature Bird food

Voters: Badgerfred, angelamary, Orpheus and 57 more

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Badgerfred 16 39 Wales
1 Oct 2007 9:10AM
Well spotted, nice capture,
angelamary 17 6 England
1 Oct 2007 9:28AM
Good grief! I'd thought these feeders were practically cat and rat proof! Well caught!

I would suggest a collar fitted round the pole... wouldn't have to be anything very strong, just waterproof... stiff acitate or roofing felt maybe? (A circle of the felt and a star shape of cuts to the centre and cut to one side, fitted round the pole and stapled closed again, all the 'teeth' shapes would keep it from sliding down the pole and the rat couldn't push against it.) Do check it's a fair distance from a fence... they can jump further than you think!

My partner and I were fishing this weekend, for me to see a rat surface in the water, several feet from the bank. While it swam along, it suddenly spotted us and dived under the water, surfacing a good 4 or 5 metres away before swimming off! It was deffinatly a rat, though a young one... not sure who was more amazed... I think it was us!
angelamary 17 6 England
1 Oct 2007 9:31AM
Sorry... not sure how that happened... senior moment! Thought I used edit and posted twice!
imander 16 388 7 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 9:39AM
made me laugh, very good shot, but as a rat lover,good on him....invite him in for dinner, he could become a good friend like Ben???/lol
trissie 16 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 9:51AM
A great capture Annette, well spotted.

Trish x
mrswoolybill Plus
16 4.1k 2606 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 10:05AM
Super shot! There's a mouse gets at my bird-feeder occasionally but always scarpers as soon as I go anywhere near. I'll get him one day...
You've caught his beady eye, well-fed face and generally smug, satisfied look very well.
fentiger 22 920 24 England
1 Oct 2007 10:06AM
Excellent capture Annette they may be vermin but you have to admire their ingenuity.

I would contact your local Council's pest control department immediately this will be one of many around your property.

Nettles 16 England
1 Oct 2007 10:10AM
Thanks Angelamary for the advice, we'll try that one as we don't want to stop feeding the birds. The rat did actually ran up the pole as it/them kept coming back and we saw it climb.
And thanks Albert, I counted 6 the other day, so no doubt there is a whole family, all fat on the bird seed.
Thanks again. Annette
ChristineL 18 39 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 10:36AM
Yes I'd call the council too, not what you or your neighbours want close by.
It's interesting how agile they are though and cheeky!
1 Oct 2007 10:41AM
Great capture
1 Oct 2007 11:19AM
Try shooting it with a 12 bore rather than a 300mm!!!!

I was going to say 'well captured' but obviously not, well it was with the camera, oh I don't know????

firzhugh 18 13 New Zealand
1 Oct 2007 11:46AM
nice capture, probably not so nice to have them in the house though...
Cabit 16 104 England
1 Oct 2007 11:46AM
Nice capture, got the same bird feeder as you, so will keep an eye out.
GalleryGirl 15 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 12:34PM
Oh dear. Great capture but I ain't got no solution to your problem... being animal mad and stoooopid, I'd probably feed it some more! barmymarny x
1 Oct 2007 12:52PM
What a great catch Annette, of this little opportunist, they get bad press but they are amazing animals, love the image, Adrian
FujiJan 15 3 England
1 Oct 2007 1:22PM
super capture..
cheesey 17 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 1:35PM
Great capture Annette. Is it a long tailed Tw.t, Sorry only joking. Well done. Regards Cheesey.
Maiwand 16 3 73 England
1 Oct 2007 1:58PM
Take steps to get rid of it Annette. Wild ones produce nothing other than disease ( apart from other rats of course ).
JouŠo 19 56 Finland
1 Oct 2007 3:35PM
CongRATs on great capture, Ann Wink

JYBluesman 16 97
1 Oct 2007 3:42PM
What a brilliant capture, glad our birds don't look like that, Jeff
AlanBW 17 20 England
1 Oct 2007 4:04PM
Amazing capture Annette - where are the hawks when you need them?
nickyv32 15 135 England
1 Oct 2007 4:28PM
Great shot, we had two on our feeder and they shinned up the pole in turn and threw themselves off when they had finished eating.
Prefer birds though.
Great catch.
graceland 18 2.6k 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 4:33PM
Nice capture ,,Wath out to wash that Birg feeder though !!
mikbee 16 3 8 Scotland
1 Oct 2007 4:37PM
Certainly a strange ''bird''.And I do like your feeder tray Annette.A few little detail pics there I bet.
piccy 17 8 Wales
1 Oct 2007 4:39PM
Lol, good job he hasn't got wings. Nice one.
AngelaR 18 155 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 4:41PM
So far only have trouble with a squirrel and a mouse, not these - good detailed pic, though I would agree with those suggesting you get something done about his family.
MandsH 16 England
1 Oct 2007 4:53PM
A great capture, he's so cute, love the way his tail is hanging down
dianah 16 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 5:01PM
What a wonderful capture..looks as though he is having a great feast!
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 5:04PM
Lovely capture, we have the mouse as Moira explained but I haven't had a chance to point a camera at it so far......
PatrickSmith 18 1.2k 2 United States
1 Oct 2007 5:49PM
LOL - I love the colours and light on the plumage! I've been having problems too. I ended up catching them by hand (with a bucket by luring them into the house with food and chasing them around until they were caught. But they are incredibly athletic and tough to catch. Rat traps and other devices were not working so I took matters into my own hand. And I wanted to catch them alive and set them loose in a state park. So I did it that way. Actually, If this happened at my house, the rat would not last more than a minute before a bird of prey would have a nice snack!

KarenFB Plus
17 6.0k 184 England
1 Oct 2007 5:58PM
Put a nice fluffy tail on it and some folks would probably be as pleased as punch!! Well caught anyway!
robincoombes 16 1 5 Wales
1 Oct 2007 6:04PM
LOL 2 The interesting question is how it got there nice candid moment

LesF 16 182 9
1 Oct 2007 6:30PM
Brillant spot and well captured

Les F
X5DJM 17 26 England
1 Oct 2007 6:44PM
Thought we had a problem with squirrels.
Good shot, as for getting rid of them.... you could move? Good luck.
Nice one..
rmr 16 1 Wales
1 Oct 2007 6:53PM
nice capture,who kept the cats in ??
KKmoments 16 12 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 7:29PM
Superb catpure, lovely detail and a surprise image for your Monday upload.... i had one sitting proudly on my shed roof back in the summer he ran off with my 'bird feeder'!! Call environmental health at your local council, the guy came within 3 days and the rats have departed... thankfully.
Good luck
Karen Smile
Portknockie 18 48 Scotland
1 Oct 2007 8:10PM
Hi Annette..i would leave it be...It's in the garden not in the house Wink
Found a white rat in the garden a year or so ago now..It was some little girls pet from down the street...Gave it her back....

Great shot superb detail...

costas 15 2 2 Greece
1 Oct 2007 8:20PM
For smaller ones place an empty bottle sideways with a piece of cheese in it, they cant get out. Get a cat and never feed her or for last resort i will send you a self portrait that will do the trick.
Glostopcat 17 255 2 England
1 Oct 2007 8:52PM
A super shot of this little rascal, your camera doesn't appear to have RATtled him! He wouldn't last too long in my garden as Rooney would soon pounce on him!
Hoffy 18 262 16 England
1 Oct 2007 9:18PM
He cannot come to the Tea Party.
Mounters 16 85 2 England
1 Oct 2007 9:28PM
You could always try a different type of shooting!
They dont respond well to lead ear plugs
G73photography 17 417 15 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2007 9:38PM
well taken, nice dof too, G
Hop-A-Long 16 52 1 England
1 Oct 2007 10:01PM
I've found it. It's a Lesser Spotted Roland, not really known for their flying ability. LOL. Great shot of an unusual bird table visitor. I bet the exterminator is on his way Annette.
Rende 16 38 4 Netherlands
1 Oct 2007 10:50PM
Wonderful capture. He looks really smug too. Didn't you once write that you have a Jack Russell terrier? Just turn him loose in the garden; he'd love guarding his territory.
1 Oct 2007 11:08PM
Its a wonderful shot Smile Not nice to have but a great shot!
imagio 16 12 1 England
2 Oct 2007 8:15AM
Superb capture of a rare BIRD, excellent Annette

Dotrob 17 Wales
3 Oct 2007 9:25AM
Well seen and captured, I had a good laugh at all the comments.
Rogerex 16 32 12 Australia
3 Oct 2007 10:18AM
The picture made me smile, but so did he comments you have received for it. I have to admire their cunning ability to survive and adapt, I just wish they would do it elsewhere!
brownsilent 16 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 1:48PM
If they weren't such a plague one could really find them lovely. A great capture Annette - just be aware - the family could follow!
JudeC 16 6 3 England
3 Oct 2007 7:03PM
Great capture - this is one of the down sides to feeding the birds - JudeC
newy17 17 273 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2007 5:37AM
lol annette what a cheaky bugger great shot.
Libby_M 16 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2007 2:24PM
nice shot if you can take the bl..dy horrible things sorry i just dont like them

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